Need a healthy breakfast idea? Breakfast cookies have been showing up lately as a quick make-ahead option. Some are healthier than others, but they typically include nutritious ingredients like oats, nuts, and bananas that set them apart from regular cookies.
These cookies are flourless and naturally sweetened with bananas and a touch of maple syrup. Oats, chia seeds, and raisins provide fiber and texture, and the walnuts and egg provide a bit of protein. They also have healthy fat thanks to the nuts and chia seeds. All of that nutrition adds up to a filling breakfast that is easy to eat on the go.
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 cup walnuts
- 1/4 cup raisins or dried cranberries
- 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
- 3 large very ripe bananas, mashed
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 cup almond milk
- 1 tablespoon real maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
Heat the oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment or a silicone baking mat.
In a large bowl, combine oats, chia seeds, cinnamon, walnuts, raisins, and chocolate chips. Mash the bananas and whisk with egg, almond milk, maple syrup, and vanilla.
Pour the mixture into the dry ingredients and stir to combine. Scoop by heaping tablespoons onto the prepared cookie sheet and flatten slightly.
Bake 15 to 20 minutes. Cool for 5 to 10 minutes on the baking sheet before removing to a cooling rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator and reheat as needed.
Ingredient Variations and Substitutions
Use any unsweetened dried fruit or unsalted nuts that you like, in place of raisins and walnuts. You can use honey or agave nectar in place of maple syrup.
Cooking and Serving Tips
Cookies will not spread since they have no butter or oil. Flatten them slightly before baking. Reheat cookies for 15 to 20 seconds in the microwave before heating, if you wish.